The University of Strathclyde

Pushing the boundaries for clean power

Innovative and wide-ranging solutions for the generation of low-carbon and renewable energy and power distribution.

A safe, secure and reliable energy supply is essential to any well-functioning society. The work of the Energy Systems Research Unit of the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre ensures that the energy sector, and the policy regulating it, is able to meet increasing demand and is able to adapt to the major requirements of climate change through innovative technology and policy solutions.

The Unit has been working for upwards of 40 years across a very wide range of energy technologies. These include: wind, marine and renewable; smart grids; energy policy; oil and gas asset management; data algorithms to service advanced gas-cooled reactors; core inspection for nuclear power; and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The Unit has a wide remit, running two Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) doctoral training centres in wind and marine energy, future power networks and smart grids. It has strong industry and civic relationships including with the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre (electrical power systems), EDF Energy, Scottish Power and Glasgow City Council.

The Unit is also currently responsible for the largest project portfolio in the EPSRC sustainable power generation programme, with leadership of consortium projects valued at £34m and inputs spread across four faculties, involving some 260 researchers. It also works in partnership with communities overseas to support the development of energy provision to underpin education, health care and overall quality of life, for example, it supports the implementation of micro-power grids in India and Africa.